The 2010 Exeter Gulf Studies Conference

The 21st-Century Gulf: The Challenge of Identity
30 June – 3 July 2010

A cutting-edge interdisciplinary conference exploring the challenges of ‘identity’– political, economic, socio-cultural, and international – as the GCC states, Iran, Iraq and Yemen undergo paradigm-shifting changes.

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Clive Holes (University of Oxford)
Prof. Gary Sick (Columbia University / Gulf2000)
Dr Ali Al-Khouri (UAE Identity Authority)
Dr Neil Partrick (PartrickMideast & RUSI)
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, KCMG (FCO)

Themes and research themes can be found here or download the full conference programme.

Abstracts & Papers

All abstracts (except when requested otherwise) are available unrestricted. Papers are available only by password – sent to those registered for the conference only.


The conference also included the official opening of the unique exhibition:

“Journey of a Lifetime – Photographs taken by HRH Princess Alice in Saudi Arabia in 1938”,
on loan from the King Abdulaziz Public Library Riyadh (previously only shown at George’s Chapel, Windsor castle)
Download the exhibition leaflet and the poster.

This conference brought together the best new scholarship on this complex and multi-dimensional scene – advancing scholarly and policy debates alike, in the best possible environment:

  • Exeter’s long-established Gulf & Arabian Studies Programme at the Centre for Gulf Studies , IAIS, University of Exeter
  • in the UK’s ‘most beautiful’ university grounds (Michelin Green Guide)
  • in the medieval cathedral city of Exeter, set amidst the rolling Devon hills, a stone’s throw from Dartmoor (